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One of Two Wounded Officers Home for Christmas

One of Two Wounded Officers Home for Christmas

The AP via YellowBrix

December 25, 2009

SEATTLE — Shortly after being released from a hospital on Christmas Eve, one of the two Pierce County sheriff’s officers shot in an ambush by a drunken man visited his partner, who is fighting for his life in a Seattle medical center.

A motorcade of police escorts accompanied Sgt. Nick Hausner as he left Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma on Thursday morning and visited Deputy Kent Mundell, who suffered life-threatening injuries and is hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, according to police and hospital officials.

Monday’s shooting marked the third time in less than eight weeks that police officers in Washington state have been shot in the line of duty.

Four Lakewood officers were shot to death in a coffee shop as they did paperwork before their shift in late November. After a two-day manhunt, suspect Maurice Clemmons was shot dead by a Seattle police officer.

A month earlier, on Halloween night, Seattle Officer Timothy Brenton was killed as he sat in his patrol car. Christopher Monfort, 41, has been charged with aggravated first-degree murder.

TV news footage showed police and hospital workers using sheets to block the view of Hausner’s arrival at the hospital. Later, he was shown walking into his home, with a bandage on his neck.

Pierce County sheriff’s office spokesman Ed Troyer said Hausner would not address the media on Thursday, but may do so in the future.

Harborview Medical Center spokeswoman Susan Gregg-Hanson said Mundell remains in critical condition in intensive care. She said his family has been by his side.

Officers from around the region have also provided support at the hospital, keeping a vigil.

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David E. Crable, 35, shot the two officers Monday night before he was killed in the subsequent shoot-out, police said. Crable had a history of domestic violence and “terrorizing” his family, Troyer added. The officers had gone to the home of Crable’s brother near Eatonville, after family members called to have an intoxicated Crable removed.

“He knew the officers were coming; he intentionally hid, he waited for them to get inside, then he opened fire – at least 10 rounds – on both of them,” Troyer said earlier this week.

Many of the deputies who rushed to the rural cabin in the Cascade foothills about 50 miles south of Seattle, had investigated the fatal Lakewood police shootings.

Crable’s daughter was staying at the home. Troyer said Thursday the investigation has revealed the 16-year-old may have saved Hausner’s life.

Troyer told The Seattle Times that the girl saw her father shoot Mundell several times, then shoot Hausner. At some point, she jumped on Crable and dragged him to the ground, keeping him from shooting the officer again, Troyer said.

Authorities say the girl tried to aid the officers, then ran to a neighbor’s house to call for help.

The sheriff’s office, Nordstrom and Toys For Tots are giving the girl Christmas gifts, Troyer said.

“She’s absolutely a hero, but she’s a victim, too,” he said.

  • 12235_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    So sad, what's in the water out there? I hope both Officers have a full recovery and are back to full duty soon. GOD be with them and their families.

  • On_the_job_002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope that both of these officers pull through, and make a full recovery. They are true sheepdog warriors. Thank God for the young girl, who played such a crucial part in helping to save these officers. I salute you !!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Get well soon guys... Have a blessed Christmas with the family and much better New Year....!

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Like I said yesterday, all I want for Christmas is a full recovery for Deputy Mundell. The 16 year old girl is my newest hero !!! Bless the deputies and the girl and her family; a big thanks to Nordstrom, Toys for Tots and S.O. for helping the girl's family out !!!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Get well guys, I pray that both of you are able to go home to your familes!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    I pray this Deputy makes a full recovery may God Bless him and his family, and God Bless the gril for her action.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May god watch over the severely wounded Deputy and my prayers go out to all the officers involved in this shooting as well as to the heroic young girl.

  • Aug_sept_2007_098_max50


    over 4 years ago


    A speedy recovery to you both.......and to all of you out there, DO stay safe, I wish you a Good 2010......

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I have nothing but respect for that girl. For both Officers I wish a speedy recovery.

  • Pisilhouette_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad you made it home, hopefully the other officer will back home soon. Great Job to the girl, truly heroic

  • Pot_luck_at_work_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Daughter Crable deserves recognition for her act of heroism!!! Recover quickly officers Hausner and Mundell.

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May peace come to the mental state of the girl. She is a true hero. Speedy recovery to the officer still in the hospital.

  • Picture_045_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I pray for a speedy recovery for both of the deputies (physical AND mental recovery)

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers go out to both deputies and their families. Sounds like the girl is a hero here, nice job.

  • 082310163642_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great news my prayers to the LEO and his family.

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